Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Compendium

The compendium is a document that lists special designations, closures, permit requirements, and other restrictions imposed under discretionary authority of the superintendent.

Ways to access the compendium:

Read compendium online

Request a copy by emailing

Call the park at 479.783.3961

Federal Laws

Laws are created by Congress and establish the highest order of legal authority over National Parks.

The 1916 Organic Act created the National Park Service.

Enabling legislation are the laws passed by congress that establish and define the park and its purposes.

Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks.


Guidance for filming and photography in the park.


Last updated: September 13, 2021

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Mailing Address:

301 Parker Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901


479 783-3961

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